Department of Physics

Regional Physics Competition to take place at UNI


Larry Escalada, professor, physics and science education, 319-273-2431,
Lindsay Cunningham, Office of University Relations, 319-273-6728,

CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- The University of Northern Iowa Department of Physics will host the UNI/Area Education Agency 267 Regional Physics Competition from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 27, in the McLeod Center on the UNI campus. Approximately 150 high school students from across Iowa are expected to participate.

The competition is a series of six events. It stresses creativity and ingenuity, as well as an understanding of physics-related principles, and is intended to stimulate interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Events include the self-propelled catapult, mousetrap car, bridge building, soda straw arm, challenge problem and material recovery facility (MRF). The MRF event is sponsored by the Iowa Recycling Association.

Regional winners and runners-up will advance to the State of Iowa Physics Competition on Wednesday, April 17, in the McLeod Center. For additional information, contact Larry Escalada, professor of physics and science education, at 319-273-2431 or